The language techniques described here will help you to greatly expand your vocabulary, use different ways for expressing a similar idea, and will add color and excitement to your coaching.
In part 1, I discussed the physiological effects of visualization and imagery techniques and how the mind doesn’t know the difference between a real or imagined event. To the mind, everything we see, hear, taste, smell, or feel results in a chemical reaction in the brain. That incoming sensory cue signals the brain to release neurotransmitters in order to cause the desired—or habitual—reaction, such as increased or decreased heart rate or breathing, sweating, etc.
Indoor cycling instructors have long used visualization techniques to engage students. It was an important foundation of the Spinning® program founded by Johnny G, who was a huge proponent of engaging the mind to control and steer the body to exceptional performances.
You can enhance your coaching by making your cues more colorful and empowering with creative language. What you want to accomplish in the ride will dictate which technique you employ. Make sure to sprinkle a wide variety of the following methods in your coaching so you don’t sound repetitive. An instructor who uses too many metaphors or similes will lose their students and won’t sound as convincing.
Here are some language techniques you can use to help your students better tap into their own senses and apply what you are asking them to do in your class.